Will The Philippines Hedge, Balance, or Bandwagon? Previewing Duterte’s South China Sea Policy


Jeffrey Ordaniel


The Diplomatic Courier


 May 20, 2016


After garnering at least 15.9 million votes last May 10th, Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte, the popular mayor of Davao City, was elected as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines. He will assume office at noon on June 30, succeeding Benigno Aquino III. Duterte defeated Mar Roxas, Aquino’s preferred successor and the candidate of the ruling Liberal Party, by a margin of more than six million votes.